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Wine Destination: Asheville


It’s the Next BIG Thing!

By Gina Trippi

Real Estate analysts tell us that big city dwellers are escaping the congestion and stress and heading for smaller towns. Asheville is one of the top destinations!


We want new residents to know that @MetroWines you will find all the national brands that you know including Camus, Turley, Rombauer, Chateau Montelena, Silver Oak, Stag’s Leap and Frog’s Leap! But you will also find wines from North Carolina importers that you may not have seen back home.

Welcome! Jay Murrie, owner of Piedmont Imports based in Durham, brings us Plantamura Primitivo. From Puglia, Italy, this wine is a lovely ruby red. You will find intense aromas and a palate of black cherry and blackberry. Certified organic, Plantamura can be cellared up to seven years.


Never had primitivo? While the origin of this grape is still subject to debate, most wine scholars agree that the modern home of primitivo is southern Italy, specifically Puglia. Probably arriving from Croatia in the early 19th century, the varietal was brought to the United States under the name of Zinfandel.


Or what about aglianico from Compania? A few months back, Eric Asimov, wine critic for New York Times, sang the praises of the grape saying: “Among its many charms, aglianico is versatile, able to make wines that are delicious when young as well as those that can benefit from years, even decades, in the cellar.”


But Asimov also said that aglianico might be difficult to find. Not here! We have had Fontanavecchia Aglianico from Haw River Wine Man in Burlington, North Carolina, since we opened the doors. Ruby red in the glass with one year oak aging, this wine offers aromas of dark berry, blue flower and a whiff of char. The easy palate presents Marasca cherry, crushed raspberry and Mediterranean herbs.


And it’s not just Italian wines, we can access some limited distribution French wines too. JP Bourgeois, based in Asheville, brings in wines you should try!


Forbes Magazine just chose Gonc Dry Muscat 2019 from JP Bourgeois as one of the eight wines to pair with “comfort food.” JP Bourgeois says muscat’s fresh floral qualities can take you away and dry muscat’s spicy citrus and orchard fruits make this wine a perfect pairing for intense cheeses.


Prefer red? Try Chateaumar Châteauneuf du Pape, also from JP Bourgeois. The Castel Mar dates back to the 11th century. Farming is organic. Soil is turned several times during the year and grapes are hand-harvested, selected, and sorted. Voila!


A limited production blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre, the wine spends eight months aging in French oak then concrete tank. This more traditionally-styled Châteauneuf-du-Pape features fruit and spice aromas with hints of smoke, anise, and earth. The palate is rich with dark berry, roasted plum, hints of wild herbs, and dark chocolate. The finish presents herbs, plum, and anise, incorporating old leather, dried violets, and dry-cured olives.

Find comfort in names you know and adventure in a world of new wines!
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Big Red is Italian

*** Big Red of the Week ***
If you have never wrapped yourself in a Tuscan Blend of French Grapes,
you are missing something luxurious, smooth and sexy.
This is the way to do BIG right. And Italian!



Winemaker Says: "A vivacious wine, freshly persistent fruitiness,
interesting for its complex simplicity. Harmonious, geometrical,
born from research of a universally pleasing wine, fresh with red fruit aromas.
This balanced meeting between simplicity and vivaciousness,
results in a pleasing and lively wine."

Vinous Says 91 Points. "The 2018 Yantra, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon
and Merlot, is an attractive entry-level offering. Sweet red berry fruit,
cinnamon and spice are pushed forward in a mid-weight,
silky red that offers tons of immediacy in a fresh style that is best enjoyed
on the early side. This is such a pretty wine. Drinking window: 2021-2026."

Brett Says: "Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from Tuscany.
Estate Bottled. BIG The Italian Way!"  

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Emmanuel Kemiji Wine Tasting


News Release: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

About: Emmanuel Kemiji Wine Tasting on Zoom

There are about 275 Master Sommeliers in the world. Even more rare is a Master Sommelier who is the WineMaker for his two wineries!

Join us as The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines presents this rare opportunity to taste wine with a Master Sommelier and Winemaker Emmanuel Kemiji on Thursday, April 29th, 2021, at 5:30 on Zoom through MetroWines.


Miura and Clos Pissarra wineries were founded by Emmanuel Kemiji, one of the few master sommeliers to also own a winery! To become a master sommelier, you must be able to discern the qualities in an exceptional wine. Emmanuel uses these skills to produce some of the best wines in the world.


The most important step to producing the best wine is to acquire the best grapes. Emmanuel has the uncanny ability to find the best vineyards in Spain and California for his wines. 

"I am amazed at his ability to find the right slope on a mountain or persuade the owners of the best vineyards around to sell him their grapes." says John Kerr, co-owner of MetroWines.


The name Clos Pissarra is derived from the Catalan word for slate, which is the soil found in the regions of Montsant (sacred mountain) and Priorat (priory) that produce many of Spain’s most exceptional wines. These regions produce wines of great intensity and concentration, yet elegant and balanced. 

Miura winery focuses on some of California’s most idyllic Pinot Noir regions. The Santa Lucia Highlands has quickly become recognized as one of the best regions for the varietal on the West coast.


The Zoom with Emmanuel Kemiji is "on the house" through MetroWines.

Join us here: Zoom here:


But if you want to seize the day and taste wines with this Master Sommelier and WineMaker, take a look at the line up and call (828) 575-9525.


The Wines For the Tasting:

Arrels de Clos Pissarra, El Sol Blanc Montsant - white Grenache 2017 

Regular price: $36.  Event price: $26.  Orders from event: $30

El Sol Blanc is named after the brutal sun that besieges this vineyard surrounding the Clos Pissarra winery. The clay and slate soil produce a white Grenache (Garnatxa Blanca in Catalan) with a flinty, mineral character wrapped in rich peach notes and a lively acidity as well as a hint of white flowers. This wine shows very good balance and concentration, and may be the reason that this white sells out at the winery before the highly regarded reds from Clos Pissarra.


Arrels de Clos Pissarra, Aristan Vineyard Grenache/Syrah 2016   

Regular price: $25. Event price: $18. Orders from event: $21.

Aristan is a small vineyard that lies next to the winery. The yields of the Grenache and Syrah are cut back to a miserly one ton per acre to provide exceptional concentration to the wine. The Grenache brings wonderful aromatics and bright red fruit to the wine, while the Syrah adds a full, luscious character with some rustic earth tones to the mixture. The wine is polished, refined but with an earthy, terroir driven character. Expect plum, herbs, fresh tobacco and blueberry leading to some earth and smoke at the finish.


Miura Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2018 

Regular price: $36.  Event price: $26.  Orders from event: $30

The 2018 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir is produced from the harvest of Steve McIntyre’s vineyard, producing a quality that is off-the-charts. This Pinot is done in a richly textured style with good weight and balance. Expect abundant bright red fruits, and multi-dimensional flavors. Medium-bodied, bursting with bright red cherry and red plum fruit aromas that develop on the palate along with allspice notes. A refreshing acidity keeps the wine bright and focused.


Customers can buy one, two or three bottles.

  • All three bottles at special event price are $70
  • Pinot Noir and White Grenache are $52
  • Aristan Grenache/Syrah and one of the others are $44

More about Miura Vineyards HERE.


Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"

(828) 575-9525

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3 to Try @MetroWines

*** 3 to Try ***

Martoccia Poggio Apricale Toscana Rosso '19:
"baby brunello" from Lucca Brunelli for Small Vineyards $19.99

Martoccia Toscana 'Poggio Apricale' | Vivino
Ruby red. Fresh and young red wine with hints of cherry ,
raspberry and black fruit. Last of this most fabulous vintage! Medium bodied.

*** $16.99 (red tag) ***

Vallevò Costa dei Trabocchi Rosato | Vivino
Mostly Montepulciano. After tasting MANY bottles of Rosé, I tell you with confidence that Montepulciano is a grape that truly lends itself to Rosé. 
Brett says: "Like a blend of Tuscany, and Bandol."

*** $9.99 ***

Little James Basket Press Jeune Solera 2019

Cotes du Rhone from the legendary Rhone house of Saint Cosmes. 
All grenache done in a baby cement solera.
Winemaker Says: "In the same mold, the Little Basket Press (all Grenache) offers good pepper, spice and herbs in a medium-bodied, easy drinking package.
It's a solid, bistro-styled red to drink over the coming couple of years."

James Suckling Says 90 Points: "Pure grenache and made as a solera that has been alive for twenty years with half of the new harvest being exchanged into the solera each year. The final blend is 50% solera wine and 50% wine of the new vintage.
The richness is really something. Such deep-set grenache red and dark berries,
as well as riper, raisiny notes. Long, smooth and deep. Drink now."

*** $14.99 ***
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Noble Rot

Coffee Table Book

In Wine from Another Galaxy the authors help you to understand how it is made,

where to buy it, what to look for when you drink it, and how to talk about it.
And once you've mastered the basics, they'll take you on a journey through the best of European wine culture,

meeting people and places behind their favorite bottles.
Indeed, Dan and Mark have spent years visiting growers that you probably haven't heard of,

from the original thinkers of the natural wine movement to the iconic estates of Burgundy and Bordeaux.                                      

This is the alternative, accessible,
no-holds-barred guide to wine, where the usual clichés and rules don't apply.

OR ask Andy and Brett
of The Asheville School of Wine!

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Judgment of Paris Winery Wines

In Memoriam
Steve Spurrier

Wine - A Way of Life : Steven Spurrier : 9780956238788

In 1978, little known British Wine Merchant, Steve Spurrier, changed the wine world

and brought California Wine to world awareness. Spurrier arranged

"The Judgment of Paris" pitting European Wines against wines from California 

in a blind tasting. And guess what? A Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena

and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag's Leap WON.

Celebrate a World Changing Event and the Life of Steve Spurrier
Chateau Montelena 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon: Red Tag at $59
Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate: 2012 is $122 
Chateau Monetlena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate: 2014 is $139
Stag's Leap Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon: Red Tag at $68
Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 S.L.V.: Red Tag at $185

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Big Red: Trentadue

Keep Talking 

with "The Big Red" of the Week

For Discussion: Dinosaurs
Paleontologist Steve BruDinsatte, author of a new children's book about dinosaurs,
says: "A new species of dinosaur is currently being found, on average, once a week."


Trentadue - Old Patch Red Sonoma County 2019 - Shoppers Vineyard

56% Zin 18% Petite Sirah 11% Carignane 11% Merlot 2% Syrah 2% Sangiovese
The Red Blend, OPR references “Old Patch Red” from Trentadue’s Estate Vineyard.
A block of the vineyard planted pre-prohibition produced a wonderful red wine.
The block was a mix of red varietals whose identity had been lost through time.
Common to the times when it was planted, the block was a field blend of varietals
that when harvested together would make a complete, well balanced, flavorful wine.
The 2019 Old Patch Red is predominately Zin blended with Petite Sirah
and Carignane resulting in fruity yet complex, full bodied Rhone-like style wine.
Dark red color with intense black cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola.
With aeration nuances of ripe plums, vanilla and cocoa are showing
with slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy
with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. This is a wine that will drink well with
variety of foods but it is also very enjoyable on its own.
The 2019 OPR is good to go now but will benefit from 2-5 years of aging.

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2 to Taste: Zorzal and Four Vine Naked

*** 2 to Taste ***

Four Vines 2019 Naked Chardonnay (Central Coast) Rating and Review | Wine  Enthusiast

Four Vines Naked Central Coast Chardonnay 2019 
Old oak and steel. Aromas of Lemon meringue, nectarine, and a nuance of lightly toasted marshmallow lead to a lemon curd, slightly toasted caramelized nectarine, nuances of fresh ground cloves and cinnamon. 

Brett Says: "The best west coast chardonnay I have found so far
for under $12 on the shelf." 

*** $10.99 ***

Zorzal Terroir Único Malbec | Vivino
Zorzal Valle de Uco Malbec 2019 

Hand harvested,100% Malbec from multiple organic vineyards in Uco Valley.
The wine shows notes of coffee, blueberry, and chocolate with secondary notes
of licorice, black cherry, cinnamon, baking spices, and sage. Complex. Big and bold without being flabby, with smooth tannins and light acidity. Strong finish with plum, cassis, doughnut cake, and fine silky tannins. Out delivers it’s price by tenfold!

Brett Says: "Rich and bold? Yes. Easy to drink? Yes.
Mass produced fruit bomb? NO!"

*** $14.99 ***
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What's MetroWines Drinking with Brett Watson

About - Metro Wines Asheville

News Release: Tuesday, March 16th, 2021
About: Zoom Presentation on Current Staff Favorites 
Join Brett Watson, Wine Buyer @MetroWines, on Friday, March 26th at 5:30 for "What's MetroWines Drinking," a Zoom presentation by The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines about which wines staff is taking home! 
"These are current staff favorites," says Brett Watson, Wine Buyer @MetroWines. "We are tasting wines that reflect the changing season, drifting into warmer days while nights remain cool."
"Things are Getting Green Tasting"
Kofererhof Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2016
"Extremely cold climate and high elevation Pinot Grigio with the quality to put a teeny tiny bit of age on it from an Italian area that used to be considered Germany.  Pinot Grigio in a hand-made couture wedding dress and stiletto pumps."
Louis Seabra Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2019  
"Field blend of 6 different Douro Portugal varietals made by a legend Louis Seabra. Close your eyes and imagine Portugese Burgundy at half the cost."
Domaine Suavette Les Gravouilles Gamay 2019 
"What "not from Beaujolais" 100% Gamay should taste like.  Made as true to the land as possible and 8 days of Carbonic makes this as fresh and energetic as a new puppy playing in the backyard!"
The Zoom is "on the house" but, if you want to taste along with Brett, the three wines will be available for purchase at a discounted price @MetroWines for $59.68 (including tax) 
Call (828) 575-9525 for purchase and curbside pickup!
To join the Zoom, go here:
Contact: Brett Watson">Metro Wines Asheville
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
(828) 575-9525
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Syncline Seduction Red

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We heard you.

Syncline Seduction Red is Baaaaaaaack
2016 from Columbia Valley $23

Subduction Red
Long inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley, this is our answer
to a Washington version of a Cotes-du-Rhone Villages wine.
A blend of classic southern French varieties that are unique and expressive on their own;
yet each contributes to create a harmonious whole. This charming, ruby colored wine
displays raspberry, black cherry, and spice aromas with bright acidity.
The juicy mid-palate and excellent length makes for a versatile wine.

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Klinker Brick Syrah and Conversation

Bottle With a Friend Discussion Topics

Police enlist a robotic dog. Privacy concerns arise.
The dog bears a resemblance to "Metalhead," an episode of Black Mirror, 
designed to effect covert mass surveillance. (Spoiler: the dog wins)
Judge John Hodgman tackles the question of whether croutons
should be consumed as a snack or remain sacred as salad accoutrement.

And The Zoom Report
Animals Liven UP the Meeting

Decode Zoom Body (human) Language

And the Bottle

"Our Syrah is rich and balanced with a traditional treatment.
Barrel fermentation and maturation in French Oak brings a spice and texture
that cannot be replicated with American Oak. The result is a Syrah
that is both true to the varietal and the appellation.
Perfect complement to Camembert.
Dark Garnet in color, the wine gives aromas of Herbs de Provence,
black raspberry and toast. The palate bursts with bright cherry and spice
followed by a long finish. True to Klinker Brick style, the wine is balanced
with juicy acidity and a fine tannin structure."

Andy Hale says: "When I saw this Syrah was from Lodi, I was concerned
the wine would be too fruity, even jammy, with no real depth.
But the wine is balanced with just the right amount of acidity.
I would call it cheerful and can easily go solo!"


$21 @MetroWines

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Caffe Florian and Prosecco

Caffe Frorian
Founded 1720 in Piazza San Marco Venice


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Historic watering hole for notables since Goethe, Charles Dickens,
and Marcel Proust. Casanova, (yes, that one) was a frequent customer.
The Caffe Florian was the only cafe in town to admit women and, hence,
prime hunting grounds for hungry noblemen. After celebrating its 300th birthday
in December, COVID has forced a temporary closing. Robeto Ferronato,
who has been with the Caffe since 1986 says:
"The Florian is more than just a café, it's a medicine."

Indeed. Calls for a sparkling wine from The Veneto!

Tenuta Degli Ultimi “Ciacola” Prosecco Treviso Brut Price & Reviews | Drizly
From Treviso in The Veneto, this organic Prosecco (100% Glera) has aromas
of small yellow field flowers. Flavors of fresh yellow plum, not quite ripe.
Bright, fresh, hint of almond. Dry, small and persistent bubbles. 
Temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation by Charmat method.

$14 at Drizly and $14.99 at Local 604 Bottle Shop
From Piedmont Wine Imports (Durham) 
*** $12.99 @MetroWines ***

Meanwhile, back in Pompeii, a chariot has been unearthed.
They were having a really good time until YIKES! they weren't.

And Pizza with a Purpose in Washington DC

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KIR & Aligote

Ahhh, but the French
Sur la Table Online Cooking Classes

and KIR and Aligote

2018 Berthenet Vieilles Vignes Bourgogne Aligoté | Vivino
Aligoté (the product of Burgundy’s other white grape) is a lively and citrusy
white wine. A pale yellow in glass, fresh fruits aromas. From the Berthenet family Domaine in Montagny, this wine can serve as an aperitif or offer up its acidity to make the perfect partner for grilled fish, salads, and goat cheese.

More about Domaine Berthenet:

But wait! There's more. Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine,
says "Aligote is the secret ingredient to the Classic Kir."
Food and Wine Magazine Agrees:

From Charles Neal Selections,
the 2018 is $17.99 @MetroWines

$21.50 at Vivino and $19.99 at Westgate Wine in Raleigh

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Blind Tasting League

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News Release: Tuesday, March 9th, 2021
About: Blind Tasting League Rolls ON via Facebook Live and Zoom
The Blind Tasting League with Andy Hale, Director of The Asheville School of Wine @MetroWines, continues on Wednesday, March 17th at 5:30 via Facebook LIVE and Zoom. Join in the process of deductive reasoning used by wine experts to determine what's in the glass. Andy will present two wines and work with you through the process because he doesn't know what's in the glass either!
Participants do not need to register, sign up or pay for the event. Just logon to our Facebook page at 5:30 or Zoom on March 17th. Go here: OR link in on Zoom here:
"This is a great way to learn the deductive process of blind tasting with no pressure," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "You don't need any previous experience and Andy has prepared videos and educational materials to get you started down the road of wine knowledge."Go here:
If you are interested in purchasing the wines to be tasted, you can purchase the two wines by calling (828) 575-9525 @MetroWines. The wines will be concealed in brown paper bags so no looking! And don't tell Andy!
Contact for Blind Tasting League: Andy Hale:

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi:

169 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Charlotte Street! It's the Next BIG Thing!
"Big Shop Selection. Small Shop Service"
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Broc LOVE White

LOVE White
From Broc Cellars


White Wine


46% Marsanne | 38% Grenache Blanc | 8% Rousanne | 8% Picpoul. 
The grapes were harvested in August to help preserve their natural acidity. 
All varieties fermented separately then aged in neutral French oak barrels.  
Bottled in January. Malolactic fermentation naturally. 
In 2018 Picpoul was added to the Love White blend adding more brightness.  
Picpoul grapes from vines grafted onto Roussanne vines at Love Ranch.
Note: Unfiltered and will contain some sediment. 
Personal Note: As a devoted FAN of Picpoul, 
it is great to experience it playing, and playing very well, with others!

Invite a masked friend over to discuss the hot topics of the day 
over a chilled glass of Love. Behave Yourselves!

Crocs posted jump in revenue. Continued demand for its plastic footwear.
Chinese court orders husband to pay for wife's housework.
ButterGate: Canadians complain: What's up with the hard butter?
And a much older "Frasier" is returning to TV

The 2020 is $21 @MetroWines

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lemons and greco di tufo


NYT Talks Lemons in Corsica.
But Lemons are also all over the place in Compagna. 
It IS the home of Limoncello!

Greco di Tufo 2018
from Compagna!

Feudi di San Gregorio Greco di Tufo

Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate, 91 Points (10th Oct 2019)
"The 2018 Greco di Tufo  is a sharp and linear expression with a distinct
mineral note that cuts straight through and gives 
this wine its backbone.
The fresh acidity also serves beautifully to that end.
Savory seafood dishes
would make a great contrast 
to the white flower and peachy aromas
delivered by this pretty wine." 

Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points (11/1/2019)
"Honeysuckle and exotic fruit aromas are front & center on this dazzling white.
On the linear, vibrant palate, you’ll find honeydew,
Meyer lemon and tart apple alongside crisp acidity.
A mineral note reminiscent of oyster shell closes the dry, tangy finish." 

The 2018 is $19.99

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pavette is big red of the week

Big Red of The Week

If you shop @MetroWines, you already know and LOVE Pavette Pinot Noir.
Pavette makes full bodied California style wines full or aromas and flavors
for an affordable price. 
 High price to quality ratio!

The 2018 is a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon & 8% Merlot from Lodi AV.
Slow fermentation in tank followed by aging for 12 month in a barrel regimen
that includes both French and American oak of various age and sizes.
Classic Cabernet character with briar patch fruit, dark cherry, toasted vanilla,
black pepper, and cedar notes. Deep, juicy core with soft tannins. 13.8% ALC

The 2018 is $14.99 @MetroWines

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chili crisp and borealis

*** Borealis ***

But First: Chili Crisp
Chili Crisp is a crunchy chili crisp condiment or sauce.
This Chinese chili crunch is super versatile and tasty, adding just the right amount
of heat, crunch, umami, and *savory* to any of your preferred dishes.
Simply add it to any stir fry, pizza, soup, the possibilities are endless!
What's in it? Spicy chili crisp is a blend of various chili peppers,
soybean oil, garlic, onions, spices, soybeans and peanuts.
 It's an intriguing blend of salty, spicy and umami that is flat out addictive.
 Everybody's doing it. AKA chili crunch at Momofuku in NYC.

But the bottom line is that this is a HOT pleasure.
And even I know there is a fine line between HOT as a flavor and Hot as pain!
While some reds will work, this is not a DIY project.
Ask Brett or Andy if you want to go there.
But if you want to make the heat work for you, go white with a smooth palate.
Montinore Borealis White – The Accidental Wine Company
White Blend. Stainless Steel. Certified Organic. Mouthwatering and multi-dimensional, this perennial crowd pleaser is a blend of our favorite cool-climate whites: Müller-Thurgau (35%), Gewürztraminer (29%), Riesling (24%) and Pinot Gris (12%). Crafted from several harvests in order to display the unique qualities of each variety, heady scents of orange blossom, ripe honeydew, guava and kiwi offer
a vibrant introduction to this aromatic blend. The palate is sumptuous and round, bursting with stone fruit, Meyer lemon and juicy pear drizzled with caramel.
This plushness yields to a clean, bright and uplifting finish.

$14.99 @MetroWines

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SO Cinsault 100%

*** CINSAULT ***

While Cinsault forms the basis of a high percentage of Rosé,
bottlings of 100% Red Cinsault are not common.
So when you find one, and a good one, Oh baby!

More about Cinsault from Wine Folly:

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100% Red Cinsault. Notes of smashed blue and red fruits on the nose,
and tastes of juicy dark red plums and warm spices.
Mild to low tannins and medium acidity. Organic. Languedoc.

The 2019 is 16.99 @MetroWines!

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Giampaolo Tabarrini Live on Zoom from Montefalco

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News Release: Monday, February 15th, 2021
About: Giampaolo Tabarrini Presents a Wine Tasting on Zoom
Let's just say it: THIS is big! 
MetroWines and Ciao Asheville host Giampaolo Tabarrini live on Zoom from Montefalco, Italy, on March 11th at 5:30. Giampaolo will lead us through a tasting of Montefalco Rosso "Boccatone" and Sagrantino di Montefalco "Colle Grimaldesco." And, as part of the event, Giampaolo will present a video of his winery!  We will also be joined by the importer, Mike Tiano, of Haw River Wine Man based in Burlington, North Carolina.
"If you have not met Giampaolo Tabarrini, he is a charming, gregarious and extraordinarily accomplished winemaker," says Gina Trippi, co-owner of MetroWines. "And he is known for taking any occasion beyond the ordinary!"
The Tabarrini Winery:
For four generations, the Tabarrini family has been nestled in the corner of Umbria outside of Montefalco. They have passionately tended their vineyards, yielding exceptional fruit for producing distinctive wines.

In the late 1990’s, Giampaolo Tabarrini put years of experience to use and decided to bottle his own wine. Giampaolo now makes some of the most highly respected wines from Central Italy. He produces the top 3 wines in the region and is called “The Rising Star of Umbria.” Tabarrini is continually well rated for his single-vineyard Sagrantino’s by Gambero Rosso, The Wine Advocate, and most recently, Wine Spectator.

A great wine is born in the vineyard. Faithful to this maxim, the Tabarrini family pays careful attention to their “terroir,” the earth itself, the vines and their generous fruit: the grapes. Vineyards rich in charm and mature beauty. Even after the grapes have been picked, the Sagrantino leaves still color the countryside with their vibrant red.

"The winery is magical and the wine is truly special." says Gail Rampersaud, Director of Ciao Asheville who has been to Tabarrini in Montefalco. "You don't want to miss this opportunity to travel vicariously to Italy and meet Giampaolo!"

 took over the winery in the mid-1990s and has helped revolutionize Umbrian wine. With , his wife and partner in their shared passion for wine, they have made Tabarrini into the outstanding business it is today.  In the cellar, Giampaolo’s uncle  uses his unparalleled skills to diligently care for the wines, from bunch to bottle. In the vineyards you might meet , aka “Sgabellino.” He’s the fastest tractor driver in the Region. Giampaolo is also devotedly assisted by the company’s enological consultant . Likewise, , our agronomist consultant, intimately knows every inch of the property and helps supervise operations in the vineyards.  manages our faithful team of workers in the vineyards. And of course, we can’t forget  and , Giampaolo’s mother and father, who dispense experience, wisdom, and advice every day. Together, this is a loyal team, lucky enough to work with their passion every day! All of them are obsessed with quality, from vine to wine bottling when the literal fruits of their labor can be enjoyed by our customers at home or their favorite restaurants.

The Tabarrini Wines for Tasting: 

Montefalco Rosso Boccatone


This is not Sagrantino’s younger brother; it is a flavorful and age worthy wine in its own right, with great dignity and much potential. The fusion of traditional grapes, Sangiovese and Sagrantino - along with the precious input of Barbera, ensure this wine has the makings of a future Montefalco classic.

Colle Grimaldesco



This was Giampaolo’s first Sagrantino, which brought him early critical acclaim. The grapes come from a silt-rich and clay soil, well exposed to the southeast, guaranteeing perfectly ripened grapes and a powerful, deep and balanced wine that is refined in big oak casks. It is released no less than four years after harvest.
How to join Us:
The Zoom event is on the house. Logon to Zoom here:  
But if you want to taste along with Giampaolo, call MetroWines at (828) 575-9525 for purchase and pick-up of these great wines. After Event Discount: $64.52 for both bottles.
Contact for Ciao Asheville: Gail Rampersaud

Contact for MetroWines: Gina Trippi

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